Michael's Genuine Food & Drink - Cleveland

4.4
266 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink is a vibrant neighborhood bistro built on seasonal ingredients and warm hospitality, the ultimate showcase for James Beard Award- winning chef/owner Michael Schwartz's fresh, simple, pure approach -- clean, fresh flavors using product from the best sources. Since 2007, Michael's flagship restaurant has defined Genuine Hospitality, the special experience that results when delicious food and thoughtful service come together, designed by a team who cares about great product and making people happy.

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vipjdeng8
Cleveland
44 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. We had appetizers (deviled eggs - delicious), and four different dinners: kobia, burger, pasta and flat iron steak. We all enjoyed our dinners. The service was excellent and our server made it fun. They had a designated person wiping down tables, chairs, handles with wipes while we were there. The place was spotless and we felt safe. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious meal. Very nice service.

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vipbrucejacobson
Cleveland
60 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious lamb meatball appetizer followed by kale salad with shrimp. Efficient waitstaff.

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vipGratefulGram
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this place. Food is terrific and service is friendly and fast.

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vipMicheleK
Cleveland
31 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our dining experience is always enhanced by David , his sense of humor and attentiveness are great. It would be nice to have more gluten free / dairy free entree options available , the menu is limited, at least we’ve enjoyed what we’ve ordered.
Good to have Michaels in the neighborhood

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JH123
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

changed the menu, not as good as it used to be. slow service

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RichardC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the Cobia dish that was excellent. Service was really good. I will definitely be going back.

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Pisco
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great cocktails & wine. Creative Italian Asian fusion

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate our son’s 13th birthday. We chose Michael’s because we have loved the Miami location for a while and we were not disappointed! The staff was warm and welcoming. We were there for brunch, and when we asked for something off the menu they did their best to accommodate. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the newest addition to the Michael’s Genuine family. From the moment we walked in the door until we left it was a wonderful experience.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink - Cleveland
Responded on February 26, 2020

Jennifer, It was so nice to meet you and your family!! Thank you for all the kind words and review! The team loves what they do, and I'm glad it shows! We look forward in you joining us again. Thank You, Gina

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MiniM
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service impeccable, food delicious! Only suggestion, I wish the tables were farther apart

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vipShakerfoodie
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

There is a moderate noise level and good (not great) service, so it is a nice place for a business lunch. However, it would be nice if they had a separate lunch menu, there are very few options under $20.

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vipNatalie
Cleveland
21 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My husband and I had a rare early night and came in. We love this place!! I was in before him and had a great conversation with the girls at the bar!

We ordered a bit different this time. They were out out the tomato panzanella salad, which is my favorite. So I had the octopus instead. I love it there!

We also tried a pizza this time- the onion and ricotta. The couple on the other side of us was having it and it looked good. Yes- I’m a nosy eater.

It was ok. A bit sweet for our taste. Next time we would get the sausage or order it with prosciutto to break up the sweetness of the cheese and onions. I added arugula and prosciutto to our leftovers and it was perfect! Next time , I’ll ask for the additions.

Can’t wait to go back for brunch next week!

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vipEricR
Cleveland
31 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, decent service, very little privacy, tables very close together.

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vipGiuseppeP
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice location, we visited Miami location so curious about new Cleveland location.
Ordered Octopus app and it was very tasty.
Branzino entree was not de-boned so although liked flavors the bones presented an issue. The speciality pizza out of Brick oven was great. It’s a very tight space and if in a party of 2 expect to be elbow-elbow with your neighbor. We will certainly return, the outdoor patio looks to have potential in warmer months!

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JeffW
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael's was a great spot for Valentine's dinner. Food was delicious, and our server, Jed, was the consummate professional. I would definitely recommend to friends and family. Van Aiken redevelopment is a great addition to the Cleveland area.

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jlrvs
Key West
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great place with interesting menu! Great cocktails, too.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

They brought me a nice dessert with a candle for my birthday.

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vipmycuzinviny
Cleveland
50 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Michaels was just OK. I heard lots of food comments so we were looking forward to our dinner. Tables are very small and positioned close together. We were at a 4 top and my knees were hitting my friends legs next to me.
Menu is limited. Had the burger which was not to exciting. Thin patty and minimal condiments. For $18 I expected much better.
Server was kind and funny. That was the high point.
We did order the humus and pita which was very good.

I probably will not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food!!

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margeaux
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Could barely hear music was so loud. Food very salty. Salad was good. Will not go back.

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Jamt
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The hamburgers are wonderful and the pizza was excellent. The entree salads were a little underwhelming for the price.

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FoodieJudy
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch. The pancakes are the best I have ever had. Crispy outside but so tender inside. Biscuits and sausage gravy have such a unique flavor and really stand out from the norm. The hash was made with veggies from local farms. As always the service is fantastic. Very attentive without being intrusive. Overall a fantastic experience each time we have visited.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink - Cleveland
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thank you for all your kind words! We have a lot of fun at the market Saturday morning preparing for the weekend. Hospitality is very important to us! Looking forward to you joining us again soon Judy! Thank You, Gina

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kathycleveland
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my 3rd visit to Michael's and every visit was as good as the last. Their hummus is delicious, and rigatoni with beef and ricotta is outstanding. The service was attentive and special requests were met with kindness and responsiveness. I love that reservations can be made, and hope to return soon again!

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vipFoodinista
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Ordered soup of the day; it was delightful. Enjoyed the pizza special as well-gorgonzola and fig did not disappoint. Exceptional dough--truly a lovely meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service, food food and wine. Will go back!

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JohnL
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family is making Michael's Genuine Food & Drink a regular stop for our family and our friends. It was perfect!

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink - Cleveland
Responded on January 19, 2020

Thank you for all the kind words John! We look forward to welcoming your family back! Thank you! Gina

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vipGratefulGram
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were terrific. We will be back!

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PamM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was our third visit to Michael’s and we continue to be impressed with the atmosphere and the quality of the food. This time, our Open Table reservation for 4 turned out to be a high top table in the bar area. This area was particularly noisy and the staff seemed overwhelmed with servicing the area. Our server was extremely kind and attentive, but the understaffing caused some issues with our order and the timing of our food arriving. Still love the restaurant, but will request a table outside of the bar area next time.

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vipDarrellC
Houston
79 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a great meal. Great value. Love it!

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SusanG
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again, as always, the staff goes above and beyond. Candles and ice cream as a surprise birthday treat.
Friendly and professional ...really love this restaurant.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink - Cleveland
Responded on January 11, 2020

Susan, Thank you for all your kind words!! Always a pleasure and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Thank You, Gina

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JaclynT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at Michael's and we were happy with the decision. The stone oven pizza was especially tasty and the appetizer salad was also very good. Great atmosphere and good service. This will likely be added to our restaurant rotation.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Really delicious dinner. Loved the shrimp toast! Staff was very friendly.

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vipCrilen
Cleveland
82 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Took me over a year to finally visit a place right around the corner from my house. The food was very good and the service was excellent. But you have to love a place where their 60's jazz playlist sounds almost identical to my own `60s jazz playlist. Excellent vibe. Felt right at home!

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TimC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh and flavorful food, outstanding, very accommodating service, particularly because we were the people with the active 2 year old in the group. We will definitely be back.

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Lauren
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

We went for brunch on Sunday morning. There were hardly any tables full, yet our service was slow. My husband ordered an Eggs Benedict - the eggs should have been poached and they were practically hard-boiled. I ordered pancakes - I asked to skip the curd, but the pancakes were still supposed to come with butter, syrup and fresh strawberries. The pancakes came out and one of the two was burned on one side. No butter, no strawberries - just syrup. I had to ask for those to be brought out separately. The couple we were with ordered dishes that arrived with cold potatoes on the side (they were fried, and should have come out hot). This is the third time I have been here for a meal, and each time I am left wondering why I have decided to come back. We spent $50 on a meal that we would not order again.

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vipJjb3
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good brunch

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vipALEC
Cleveland
72 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two couples dined at Michael’s for the first time; all of us had heard mixed things, but we all agreed that our dinners were excellent in all respects. Two of us had the half chicken dish, which we both agreed was top notch. Service was good; decent drink offerings. We’ll be back.

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BradR
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

wide variety of choices, great presentation. Great place to go with friends.

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ChristineF
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Blue Cobia was wonderful and the lamb meatballs are excellent!

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heidi
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and affordable. Loved the inside vibe of the restaurant

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You can order delivery directly from Michael's Genuine Food & Drink - Cleveland using the Order Online button. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink - Cleveland also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (216) 230-8022.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink - Cleveland is rated 4.4 stars by 266 OpenTable diners.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink - Cleveland does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1870/michaels-genuine.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.